2000 album from this Al-Rock band led by Billy Corgan.
With the doubters hovering round his band following the rock-is-dead pronouncement that preceded the flawed electronic dabblings of Adore
finds Billy Corgan desperate to prove everyone, not least himself, wrong. On their fifth album, the Pumpkins attempt to reclaim the higher ground they dominated with the peerless Siamese Dream
and the sprawling 28-track opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
. As a result, they hit the ground running on Machina
, exploding into life with "The Everlasting Gaze" and its firestorm of guitars and heavy metaphysical thunder. There are some quintessential Pumpkins moments here, notably "Stand Inside Your Love," which soars away on a spiraling guitar solo, and "Try, Try, Try," which taps into Corgan's ever-present melancholy. At 73 minutes long, Machina
overstays its welcome, beginning to flag, ironically, at the self-aggrandizing "Heavy Metal Machine." No matter--the Pumpkins have made their point with brutal grace. --Mike Pattenden